What is Emergency Lighting?

Specific requirements for emergency lighting are set out in law, and the individual responsible for the building must ensure that people can safely leave the premises when the mains power fails. This evacuation is facilitated by an emergency lighting scheme that must comply with European laws. These laws dictate the level of lighting required in the event of an emergency, together with important obligations such as the visibility of exit signage and the response time of emergency luminaires.

Emergency lighting operates automatically when a lighting circuit loses the mains power supply and falls into two categories: escape lighting and standby lighting.

Escape lighting

This illuminates exit routes and open areas.

In summary:

  • Exit routes must be clearly lit and signed to ensure people can evacuate the building safely.
  • Open area lighting is designed to reduce confusion and panic, whilst ensuring visibility of the nearest exit route.

Escape lighting also enables employees to shut down sensitive or potentially dangerous processes before evacuating the building.

Standby lighting

Standby lighting allows normal activities to continue if the main lighting fails for any reason. An application such as an operating theatre or an air traffic control centre would require standby lighting.

Maintaining an emergency lighting scheme

Once an emergency lighting scheme is designed and installed, the person responsible for the building has a legal obligation to make sure that all the emergency luminaires will operate when required. Emergency light fittings must be regularly tested to confirm that they will operate when required.

I C Electrical Services Ltd provide emergency lighting packages catered for specific individual requirements. Such packages include:

  • monthly, bi-annual and annual testing, complying with BS 5266;
  • a complete service from initial design to installation through to maintenance;
  • a comprehensive building schematic showing all locations of emergency light fittings;
  • the identification of each individual fitting for ease of maintenance and testing;
  • a service-schedule informing the client of works carried out and when.

On completion of works, I C Electrical Services Ltd will issue a certificate confirming that electrical wiring regulations have been conformed with, photometric performance has been met, and the system has been tested correctly.

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